DirectFix tears down a Blackberry Bold 9900 for the greater good

By Bla1ze on 29 Aug 2011 08:50 pm EDT
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Device tear down videos are as common practice as device boxings however, tear down videos serve a greater good. That of course being, should you ever happen to need to fix your device or replace parts, you can do so with a visual guide for reference. The folks over at Directfix have taken apart a BlackBerry Bold 9900 for us all, though -- we hope you never need to make use of it. But either way, good to know it's there should you ever need it.

30 comments

donnation

Now if we can get some OEM parts that would be great. I wish they would come out with the Red numbered keypad like I had on my old 9000.

BTW, First.

123berryaddicted

Exactly. I've been watching truesupplier dot com. They have a few OEM parts, I'm waiting for some after market colors - anyone know of another source for finding such parts please share - thanks

vx1

I like how when he's down assembling it , he presses the power and it does not come on lol then video ends haha

robj75

Yeah. That's pretty lame. "And once you've re-assembled your 9900, it will never work again."

nodrogkam

haha yes! that's why they have the ton of disclaimers at the beginning.
i didn't see an anti static wrist strap!

stackberry369

Too much time on his hands or is a rich mofo lol.

MyMeth

the phone didnt turn on! hahaha! FAILED!!!

Zizzzzy

I have taken apart several 9700's and the design is almost exactly the same yet so much more refined at the same time. I almost spit out my drink when I saw the screen slide down to expose the other screws. Nice design.

Zizzzzy

With exception to the first part he takes off to expose the 2 screws bellow the keyboard. not a huge fan of it being held on with adhesive.

JM19

Is there such a video like this for the Torch 9800???

Neromanceres

I believe he forgot to re-connect the connector that he disconnected in 3:32 of the video.

z_scorpio_z

he reconnects it at 5:30

Zizzzzy

I actually watched it a few times to see if I could pick up why it did not work but he attached all cabled back correctly. I am a little confused however as to why he connects the LCD back to the main board before putting the LCD back into the case. It looked very clumsily they way he put those two pieces in and almost seems forced, perhaps that pulled the ribbon cable loose for the LCD. Aside from that the logical answer is it was a dead battery, however the odds of a battery being 100% dead is a little low given they come with charge if this was a new unit, and would probably have SOME charge if this had been used before. He cuts the video when plugging back in the keyboard, and the next shot shows him still plugging that in, so wonder if he botched the pins on the connector by not pushing it in correctly the first time around.

Either way, i have taken apart and put back together many 9700 and have had them not power on, take them apart again to verify I did not miss anything and upon reassembly the second time it works.

And Jesus, why must he call it a Button board! made me cringe every time.

Abrante

If I ever get my 9780 replaced I would be upset if this ends up being the guy that works on the refurbished phone that I'll receive.

UnknownError507

Hmmmmm....
That's why this phone is so LIGHT not to may parts to take of ! and o.O you didn't see how freaking small thous chip are ??
Grate no i wanna see a torch One to !

NU11xVOiD

What did they do to that beautiful Bold 9900!? Lol.

DylanDinh

8:12 - 8:25 : "You are done". So done, jk :))

Xterra2

What's the point ? Let me guess how to Un-warranty your 9900 and how too spoil it...
Affter the re-assembling, the phone didn't work

altgenre

not bad, its just like porn for hardware nerds like me.

ew800

It's pretty clear that the phone did not work when he was done. Did anyone catch what he did or what he forgot to connect that caused it to not power up?

johnmarki

I feel kinda dirty after watching this...

Abrante

T-Mo customers (non-business) can't even get their hands on one and this guy just broke one. SMH :-)

murialita

ProTip: use a battery that has a charge so the phone powers back on.

g2gcya

Is it even operational in the first place? i don't see him showing us any display before he even dissemble it.

AwJm

Nice and easy to tear down this phone, just like the original bold :O)

Bob G

Excellent design for manufacture and repair! It has only 8 sub-assemblies and 6 screws! It's much better than the 9800, which had odd-sized screws, a million tiny parts (several of which were glued together and had to be disassembled to get at the LCD), and a bezel that was almost impossible to replace without destroying the LCD.

bluegreen1965

Shouldn't he be wearing cotton gloves during this to protect the components from oil???

jfs101

At the Blackberry fan day (or what ever it was called) in Toronto, Kevin or the guy from RIM took out the battery of one of the phones, it started to boot up after more than 25 seconds of inserting the battery... Correct me if I'm wrong on this one.

I remember taking apart my Bold 9000, I could literally take it apart and re-assemble it like a Marine cleaning his rifle... This is my Blackberry. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My Blackberry is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life... The Rimpire needs a Blackberry Creed!.